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#206674 - 07/30/12 08:41 PM RV outlets
schenimann Offline

Registered: 02/18/08
Posts: 194
Loc: Western North Carolina
Our church is wanting to put in some 50 and 30amp outlets for RVs. We have singing groups that bring their large busses and need a hookup so they don't have to run their gens for 2-3 days.

The panels are 208/120 and I need 120/240. Can I use the 208v to operate these outlets or do I need to change it to 240. I understand that many 240v motors have run on 208 for years. What's the best thing to do?

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#206676 - 07/31/12 12:57 AM Re: RV outlets [Re: schenimann]
Tesla Offline

Registered: 06/16/04
Posts: 1280
Loc: Sacramento, CA
Don't sweat nothing.

The VAST bulk of the true loads are 120VAC...

Only a fraction of the RV load uses two poles: air conditioning in the larger sizes.


Hook up 208Y120 as if it were 240/120 and all will be well.

( No RV uses electric power for hot water at 240VAC, nor do any use electric ranges, etc. )

#206683 - 07/31/12 02:06 PM Re: RV outlets [Re: schenimann]
gfretwell Offline


Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9026
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
Heating elements are not a concern anyway. They just heat less.
The AC units are the heavy hitter in an RV.

Maybe a peek at a few RV manufacturer specs would answer the question.
Greg Fretwell

#206687 - 07/31/12 02:23 PM Re: RV outlets [Re: schenimann]
EV607797 Offline

Registered: 10/25/06
Posts: 756
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
I can say with certainty that I've been to many RV parks that use 120/208 Wye services and distribute from there. I really don't think you'll have any trouble at all.

My friend has a motor coach RV that has an electric cooktop in it that only uses a 120 volt circuit, as does the washer/dryer combo. I'm with Tesla: You probably won't see many 240 volt loads, if at all in an RV.

"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."

#206694 - 07/31/12 09:23 PM Re: RV outlets [Re: schenimann]

Registered: 03/29/04
Posts: 252
Loc: Kingwood, TX USA
I have worked on lots of RVs Most all but the very largest (and most expensive) use 120v for everything just divided across 2 ckts a very few use dryers that are 240v and fewer use 240V AC units. Most all rooftop AC units are 120v. I see no problem using 120/208.

#206887 - 08/24/12 04:50 PM Re: RV outlets [Re: schenimann]
sabrown Offline

Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 297
Loc: Ogden, Utah, USA
If you have a handbook look at 2011 NEC 551.40(A). It basically says that equipment be rated 208-230 to allow for 208Y/120 distribution.



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